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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Yesterday at 08:28 AM
Illegal immigration is at a 50 year low as we speak due to the combination of increased border security and the economic downturn. The Cheap Labor Conservatives have been pushing anti-union propaganda since they were thrown out on their collective arses after they caused the Great Depression. They are behind the "free-trade", outsourcing, and union-busting movement that has so decimated this country'smanufacturing base and its middle class over the last 35 years. TboneS, you can find it as offensive as you want to, but, it is reality. Open your eyes and your mind to it. Or, don't. It took me 45 years to.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Yesterday at 04:23 AM

Well, Russ, you think the MSM is pro-corporate and anti-progressive, and other people think they are shameless shills for the liberals and for Obama.


I don't disagree the MSM is doing an almost adequate job, but I will continue to point out the reality that virtually all news (broadcast and print), and media of any kind for that matter, is controlled by an ever shrinking (currently 6 I believe) number of multi-national corporations, not all of them with American roots, whether they are "pro-corporate" or not.. I got sick of hearing the "liberal media" scatological debris of equine origin, and this is my little protest and attempt to set the record straight. Kind of in the same vein that I add "Cheap Labor" anytime I have to use the word Conservative to remind people what the real core value of the pupppet masters of the GOP really is. We see and hear what the corporate media want us to see and hear. We have to assume they're doing a pretty good job because we have very little objective to compare it with. The BBC and Al Jazeera do as good, or better, a job. PBS is the best in this country these days.

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3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 21, 2014, 08:43PM
And, on to the next one......

Last November, a year out from the midterm elections, corporate media was predicting another wave election in favor of the GOP. They expected a deluge of negative advertising demonizing “Obamacare” and continuing the unrelenting assault over the incident in Benghazi (SQUIRREL).

Now, less than three months out, both of those issues have all but dropped off the radar screen. “Obamacare” is working well enough that better than 60% of Republicans who have it are satisfied with it. In Arkansas, where the drop in the uninsured rate (over 50%) was the largest in the country, Sen. Mark Pryor is actually posting adds bragging of his role in passing the law, and is leading in a race that may determine who controls the Senate.

The word “Benghazi” (SQUIRREL) has been, at least temporarily, banished from GOP talking points since another GOP House committee (Intelligence this time) determined there was NO wrongdoing by the administration in the incident. There will no doubt be a revival of their attempts to distract the American public from their misfeasance in governance as the “Special” committee on Benghazi (SQUIRREL) convenes to waste yet more taxpayer money beating a horse that is going to remain dead.

And, yet, the media (the Corporate controlled media) continues to predict a GOP wave election, with them almost certainly taking control of the Senate. It kind of boggles the mind.

On virtually every issue that matters to the majority of the American people the GOP is in opposition to the desires of the electorate. From the 90% of Americans supporting equal pay for women and universal background checks for gun sales, to the 70% that support a raise in the minimum wage, an extension of unemployment benefits, and a closing of corporate tax loopholes, to the 60% who support immigration reform, Medicaid expansion, and a woman’s right to choose, the GOP is on the wrong side of the American people.

And, still, the media, and many polls, predict a GOP landslide. Where is the cognitive disconnect, and what is causing it?

The answer is pretty simple. It is money. It is gerrymandering and hundreds of millions of dollars dumped in the system by a very few, very rich folks at the very top of the food chain.

We won’t see the voice of the American people heard on Capitol Hill until the money is taken out of our process.

Wake up, America.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 21, 2014, 04:31PM
Let me make this a bit simpler.  Did we bomb them into submission or did we ask tell them "please behave or we'll get really mad.  And do not crosse that line in the sand.  Or else I'll be really, really mad". Hmm?

Um, no, we did not "bomb them them into submission"", nor did we "ask tell them 'please behave or we'll get really mad". Last I saw, none of the boogiemen the right is using in their warmongering propaganda bear even remote resemblance to the Third Reich or Imperial Japan in any area which could translate into a military threat to the US or Europe. As for the line in the sand absurdity, when someone crosses a line drawn in the sand, you don't necessarily immediately shoot them in the face. This President/ Commander in Chief knew what a disaster getting involved militarily in Syria would be. He played Congress and Putin like well tuned Stradivarii, and, guess what, there are no more chemical weapons in Syria, and my son is not over there doing what he can to save his Joe's lives on another pointless battlefield in the Middle East.
The world needs a lot more Obama's.
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 21, 2014, 11:49AM
Let's see.  Did we negotiate with the Germans, Italians and Japanese  to make them surrender?

Now there's a quality addition to the discussion.

While I applaud you for you utopian ideals and willingness to stand behind Obama no matter what,

I have plenty of issues with Obama and actions, or lack thereof, of his administration. There has not been a single banker, torturer, or war criminal indicted by his Justice Dept. Bank after bank is being allowed to pay fines that are equivalent to pennies on the dollar they stole from the American people, and no one is going to jail. I am not a fan of the drone program. Obamacare, while it is orders of magnitude better than what we had, should have been a Medicare for all/ single payer system. Etc., etc., etc.
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 20, 2014, 04:58PM
This President will never go off half-cocked, but he doesn't hesitate to pull the trigger when the situation is right. Sometimes leadership is best exhibited when leading from behind the scenes.


http://news.yahoo.com/officials-us-rescue-mission-syria-failed-223712306.html
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 20, 2014, 02:57PM

There's more underemployed than ever before. - 35 years of anti-union, cheap labor conservative, outsourcing GOP policy get he blame for this one, not Obama.

The economy is feckless. - DOW at an all toime high, 200,000 jobs created last month, 4% GDP growth 2nd quarter. Yep, feckless. Go ahead and blame Obama for this one. Imagine if he'd been allowed to fully implement any of his policies. We'd be over the moon.

Race relations are at their lowest since "The One" has taken over. No, race relations are about the same as they have always been, they are just more in the awareness of the everday American. THe oppressed are standing up for themselves, and the opressors don't much like it.

Obamacare in it's present state, is unsustainable. - Maybe, but it has had major positive effects on the lives of millions of Americans. THere is nothing wrong with it that couldn't be fixed if we had a loyal minority party that was interested in doing what is right for the American people rather than a disloyal minority party that would rather see America fail than this President succeed.

China is flexing it's muscle as never before. - Amazing what a super expanded industrial base, supplied by, nominally , American corporations will do for ones self image.

Russia is modernizing it's military at an alarming rate. - Russia is a declining power kept on life support by its energy sector. The sanctions, which will almost certainly continue to be strengthened, will keep Putin under control. They are hitting his oligarchs hard, and they will not allow him to continue his adventurism.

Israel and the terrorists are not even close to a peace agreement. - What else is new, and how is that in any way on Obama's debit sheet?

Iraq and Syria are slowly being taken over but certifiable nut jobs. - Sadly, an absolutely predictable and inevitable outcome of Bush's Folly. The advance on Irbil has been halted dead in its tracks and their gains are strating to be reversed.

A US marine sits in a Mexican jail while we do ummm nothing. - An EX-marine, and on legitimate weapons charges. Read Bruce's comments on this one.

Our Navy is shrinking - Again, maybe. So what? Now it's only bigger than the next 10 combined rather than the next 15? Not a real issue, especially if the $$ saved are used to improve the lives of ordinary Americans



ISIS - See above. Begining to be rolled back, and a true coalition of the willing is coalescing. This issue WILL be dealt with.

North Korea. - Mostly an irritating non-issue. Not a real threat to anyone save the South, and they are capable, with our help of defending themselves.

Iran - At the table, for the first time ever, due to this President's ratcheting up of, and imposition of, truly significant sanctions, Progress toward a weapon halted and reversed, with prospects for a true, long term, verifiable resolution in view.
China - See above.

 Russia - Obama has played Putin like a well tuned Stradivarius on multiple occasions. He had no interest in taking military action in Syria. He manipulated our Congress  to delay, and got Pution to act in his own self interest, and there are no longer any chemical weapons in Syria. Imagine if ISIS had gotten their hands on them. Can't happen now. After Crimea Putin was ready to go right on in to eastern Ukraine. Obama hit him with the first rond of sanctions and he stopped on a dime. I'm guessing there are a bunch of Georgians who wish Obama had been in office when Putin took part of their country. WHen Putin tried to arm the rebels Obama called him on it with even stricter sanctions, but the airliner event occured before they had time to take effect. That ball is now in Europe's court. Russia is a fading power kept afloat by its energy sector.

Syria - See above.

He has been the best President on foreign policy ever! - Probably not, but since Nixon? Unquestionably. He has accomplished all of this without commiting American troops into costly misadventures. Pretty amazing, actually.

allow terrorists to kill our ambassadors  - Yet another GOP led House comittee (Intelligence this time. THat make 3) has determined ther was NO WRONGDOING in the SQUIRREL (Benghazi) event.

 Russ, I know and believe you love this country. I do not understand how you can say what you do and claim to be serious.  - You should have a better grasp now that I've given you the Cliff Notes.

I am worried about you Russ. - Thank you for your concern, but it is seriously misplaced. Come out of the fog filled echo chamber and take a look at reality now and then. Clear eyes and a cleared brain might open your mind.


8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 19, 2014, 08:52PM
Obama has been, despite the unrelenting obstruction, the most positively constructive President on the domestic scene since Johnson. He is the best foreign policy President since, at least, Nixon. That combination may make him the best President in my lifetime. Imagine where this country would be if, for the last 6 years, we had had a loyal minority party rather than a GOP that would rather see America fail, both at home and abroad, than for this President to succeed.
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 14, 2014, 06:37AM
This week's effort:

Governor's Race

Republicans in Florida have got to be licking their chops. Ignoring the fact we have a primary election coming up, ex-GOP Governor Charlie Crist has seemingly been anointed as the Democratic nominee to run against Governor Fraud. The only real Democrat in the race, Nan Rich, is given little chance of beating Crist in the primary.

Just 4 years ago, Crist, a one term GOP Governor, ran HARD for the GOP nomination to replace retiring GOP Senator Mel Martinez. After Crist lost that primary to TEA Party darling Marco Rubio (I suppose Crist’s main saving grace is the TEA Party doesn’t like him), he ran for the seat as an independent, losing again to Rubio, destroying any possibility of a Democratic pickup of the seat.

Realizing there are very few paths to success for a politician running as an independent in this country, Crist announced his “conversion” and joined the Democrats late in 2012. After serving in public office as a Republican for the better part of 2 decades, it is hard to imagine a true conversion happening in such a short period. My own conversion took more than a decade.

Leopards can’t change their spots, and it is hard to imagine Crist is anything other than “GOP-Lite” at this point. His candidacy for Governor as a Democrat is just another example of how the politics in this country are being dragged ever further to the right. Sadly, Crist seems to have an enormous money advantage (Funny how that is, no? He has the corporate machines behind him) over his opponent, Nan Rich, a true and lifelong Democrat.

Rich has been marginalized and, largely, ignored by her party, and shunned in her efforts to get Crist to debate her. She speaks with the voice of everyday Floridians, and that is a voice the machines do not want heard.

So, barring a stunning upset in the Democratic primary, it looks like we are going to have two Republicans running against each other in our Governor’s race. One, our sitting Governor Fraud, is a crook, and a disgrace to this State. It would not matter who his opponent is, they would be a better choice.

We deserve a better choice. If it’s Crist, I will hold my nose and vote for him, but Nan Rich would be far better for Florida.

Dems, get out and vote in your primary!

Wake up, Florida!
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 14, 2014, 06:36AM

One thing I am tired of hearing is Obama claiming Congress is not doing anything.  There are over 250 bills on Harry Reid's desk he will not hold a vote on. And secondly,  the Constitution does not state that Congress "must" or "shall" act upon the agenda of the President.  If he is frustrated with the slow pace of Congress or the fact they are not addressing the issues he wants to address, it does not give him the authority to write executive actions to bypass it.


Boy, miss a day and you guys go crazy!

How many of those bills were filibustered before they could even be brought to the floor for discussion? I suspect a bunch of them were. And, it is a President's responsibility to manage how the laws passed by Congress are enforced. When he does so, he is not "bypassing Congress", he is doing his job. It would be nice if we had a Congress that would do its job.
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Aug 08, 2014, 05:23AM
CORPORATE INVERSIONS

One of the myriad political dust-ups leading the national news headlines in the run up to November’s midterm elections is the furor over “corporate inversions”. This is a practice where nominally American corporations re-file their Articles of Incorporation in a foreign country to avoid American taxes.

It is difficult to determine when and how the section of the US Tax Code that allows this was put into effect. But, the recent up-tick in corporations looking to avail themselves of the practice is just more of the “Trickle-down, government and taxes are evil, corporations are people” philosophy that 35 years of GOP policy have installed as the driving force of our financial/ economic engine. It is why we are such a basket case these days.

We hear politicians on both sides of the aisle saying that corporations should show more “economic patriotism”. It is a ridiculous concept. People are patriots and can have national pride. Corporations are fictitious legal constructs. They have NO loyalty to anything but their shareholders and their bottom line. To expect otherwise is delusional.

Both sides of our Congressional representation are saying this practice must be stopped, but on the GOP side the push is to lower the corporate tax rate (which is, on the books anyway, the highest in the industrialized world, but, in practice is amongst the lowest, and at near record lows in the amount they pay into the American treasury) to offset any gain to the American taxpayer from ending the practice, meaning higher taxes for individuals.

Rewriting the American tax code is a project that is way overdue. Doing it in a way that takes more of the burden off of corporations and those at the top of the food chain and dumps it on an already overburdened middle class is not the way to do it.

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This week yet another Congressional Committee finished its investigation into the Benghazi (Squirrel) incident. The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously (12 Republicans, 9 Democrats) to declassify its report stating they found ZERO evidence of any wrongdoing.

Of course that won’t have any bearing on the planned Special Select Committee on Benghazi (Squirrel) scheduled to waste yet more time and money when it convenes in October. When will the GOP stop wasting time and money beating dead horses and actually take on the business of governing? Not holding my breath.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Jul 31, 2014, 08:03AM
This week's effort:

GOP ABDICATION

The Republican Party, at the national level, has completely abdicated its responsibility to the American people to participate in its capacity as elected officials of our government. At the end of this week Congress will adjourn for their summer recess without accomplishing anything of substance relating to the business we sent them there to do.

Many US Ambassadorships remain unfilled because of GOP stalling and blockage in the Senate. While we attempt to engage Europe and Russia in the standoff over Ukraine, we do not have an Ambassador to Russia or France. While dealing with the mess that is the Middle East, we have no Ambassador to Turkey. While thousands of their children flee to our border looking for safe haven, we have no Ambassador to Guatamala. WE have no ambassador in ¼ of the countries on the African continent, as well as Norway, Ireland, India, Argentina……this list goes on and on.

GOP abdication is not limited to the foreign policy arena. This Congress, due to GOP obstinacy and obstruction, is on course to be the least productive of all time.

While the country faces crisis after crisis, this Congress cannot get it together to accomplish anything. A bill, costing the equivalency of pocket change in the national budget, to grant relief to the immigration crisis on our border cannot get through. Forget about jobs or anything to do with the economy, which continues to improve despite GOP efforts to thwart it.

It does appear this Congress might get it together enough to accomplish two things before they recess. A Veterans Bill has gotten through both Houses of Congress, and it looks as though it might get through the House/ Senate conference committee in a form that can get passed for the President’s signature. If enacted, this bill will go far to alleviate the backlogs and congestion that exist in this crucial Administration. I would love to see it, but I’m not holding my breath it will get done. It is Congress.

The other order of business passed by the House was their approval to go forward with John Boehner’s joke of a lawsuit against the President. I can’t even write about this absurdity with a straight face. It makes the 50+ wasted votes attempting to overturn the PPACA seem almost sane.

The GOP has thrown in the towel on its responsibility to govern. We deserve better.

Wake Up, America.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Jul 25, 2014, 05:46AM
GEO

There is no more insidious or reprehensible example of the cancer that exists in the US Corporate world, and its ties to our political system, than the “for-profit” prison industry. There are functions a civilized society must perform in which the concept of “for-profit” is inappropriate, and prisons must be near the top of that list.

The purpose of a prison system is remove transgressors from the population at large so they can no longer prey on the innocent, to extract a penalty (loss of freedom) in retribution, to deter the commission of future crimes, and to rehabilitate those incarcerated into law abiding citizens. Those goals are completely incompatible with a corporate agenda that knows no goal but the bottom line.

One of the most egregiously bad “for- profit” prison groups is Florida’s own GEO group, headed by CEO George Zoley, which runs private facilities in 17 states in addition to the five it has contracts for here in Fla. This company has a long legacy of misconduct and abusive practices in its facilities, none more so than those pointed out in a Justice Dept. investigation into the Walnut Grove Youth Detention Facility in Mississippi.

DOJ investigators found that GEO allowed:
   Deliberate indifference to staff sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior with youth;
•   Use of excessive force by WGYCF staff on youth;
•   Inadequate protection of youth from youth-on-youth violence;
•   Deliberate indifference to youth at risk of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors; and
•   Deliberate indifference to the medical needs of youth.


“Our findings show that due to the unconstitutional operation of WGYCF, youth were sexually preyed upon by staff and all too frequently suffered grievous harm, including death,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

Commenting on the investigation, Federal Judge Carlton Reeves noted GEO “has allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhumane acts and conditions to germinate, the sum of which places the offenders at substantial ongoing risk”.

As a result of the investigation, the State of Mississippi cancelled its contract with GEO and closed the facility. Nothing like that is going on here in Fla.

Last week. Zoley held a private fundraiser for our Gov. Fraud, Rick Scott. Despite all the red flags associated with the GEO model, Gov. Fraud has given them a State award for “bold and innovative, cost saving practices”. Why do we give control of our State to snakes like these?

Wake up, Florida!
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Malaysian airliner shot down on: Jul 22, 2014, 01:41PM
GHWB? Maybe. He did use his CIA background to full advantage. Clinton? That's a harder sell. He missed a lot. Reagan? No way, no how. Other than being lucky enough to be in office when the USSR bankrupted itself in Afghanistan (a lesson I really wish we'd learned) Reagan was, for the most part, a glad handing buffoon. He should have been impeached over the Iran-Contra debacle. I did say, since Nixon, so I'll grant you a possible caveat for GHWB, and stand by my statement otherwise, despite my love and respect for Ike.  Johnson was, by a wide margin, the most productive and substantial Presidency of my lifetime on the domestic front, but he had a Congress that supported what he was trying to do. What Obama has accomplished, domestically, in the face of a Congress that would rather see America fail than for him to achieve a single success, makes him the best President in my lifetime when considering both domestic and foreign policy achievements.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Malaysian airliner shot down on: Jul 22, 2014, 10:25AM
When a "red line" is crossed, it is a signal that action needs to be taken. That is exactly what this President did. He played the Congress and Putin like a well tuned Stradivarius. He never had any desire to commit American forces into the disaster that Syria would have been, he just wanted to make sure those chemical weapons did not become a threat to the wider world. He accomplished that admirably without creating a single wounded veteran for the GOP  to deny funding to take care of. Anyone who claims he "didn't do anything" isn't really paying very close attention. He accomplished his goal in the most efficient, least costly manner imaginable.
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Malaysian airliner shot down on: Jul 22, 2014, 05:50AM

If you honestly believe it, then I really do not know what to say except you might want to get out and read a little.  ....... lackadaisical and "lead from behind" approach is dangerous to us and our allies.

If you are being satirical,  you really had me going there.  There is no way you can expect to be taken seriously making statements like that.

I suspect I read every bit as much, or more, as anyone on this forum. I also suspect I read from a far broader spectrum of sources than is evidenced by the comments of many who participate. I stand behind my comment. This is never going to be a peaceful world when the leaders of the strongest country in it use military force as thier go to option in every diplomatic situation. This President has managed a drastically changing world without getting the US involved in any shooting wars. He has done so by forcing the stake holders in the regions of those changes to face the reality of their stakes, and to get involved in resolving the issues. I LOVE it. It is an amazingly refreshing change to have a President that thinks and works with his brain rather than his reproductive appendage.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Malaysian airliner shot down on: Jul 21, 2014, 06:08PM
Wow. I left out feckless.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Iran is at the negotiating table ver their nuke, and for the first time in over a decade there is evidence they have stopped motion in the direction of a wen, and, in fact, have neutralized/ diluted ALL of there highly enriched uranium.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Malaysian airliner shot down on: Jul 21, 2014, 01:44PM
Russ & badger, personal attacks on forum members will not be tolerated. 

I just went to my corner and counted to ten. Obama is the best foreign policy President since, at least, Nixon. He played Putin like a Stradivarius in Syria, and guess what, the chemical weapons are gone. After he took the world by surprise in Crimea, he had 50K troops massed on the border ready to go in. Obama slapped some serious in your face personal sanctions on his cadre, and the invasion didn't happen. I bet there are  a bunch of Georgians who wish he'd been around sooner. When Putin tried the sleight of hand stupidity that resulted in this shoot down, Obama hit him with even tougher, more targeted sanctions. Sadly, this happened before their affects could be felt. It would be very helpful if the Europeans got on  board, and maybe this will move their needle. I love the way this guy thinks and makes the rest of the world stand up and back their stakes in these episodes.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Malaysian airliner shot down on: Jul 20, 2014, 01:19PM
This country doesn’t have a president. Just a petulant little boy shooting hoops, golfing, fundraising and hobnobbing.

All he knows how to run is his foolish mouth.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2696366/It-looks-like-terrible-tragedy-Obama-briefly-addresses-Malaysian-plane-crash-emerges-23-U-S-passengers-board.html

 >:(
Mr.Obama is too busy golfing and fundraising to bother with such trivial matters; regardless; "What difference, at this point,does it make." It is not 3:00 AM.!!!!!!

 >:(

WHat a...... Oh, wait, Permian Basin. That explains it. Nevermind.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Jul 18, 2014, 05:52AM
Gerrymandering
The men who wrote our founding documents were pretty smart fellows. They went to great lengths to ensure us a government that would protect the small from the big, the weak from the strong, and the powerless from the powerful. For over 200 years now that is how it has worked, with sometimes varying degrees of success.
 
We have recently seen a SCOTUS, half filled with activist Conservative justices, turn that notion on its head. We are seeing decision after decision in favor of the strong over the weak, the powerful over the powerless. That will only end as those justices reach the end of their careers and are replaced, hopefully, by jurists who value the good of the many over the good of the few.
 
Fortunately, the lower courts still have judges who do uphold the intents of the Constitution, and work to provide the checks and balances the court system is meant to provide to the legislative and executive branches of our governments. We have seen it repeatedly as they have stayed legislation attempting to restrict the health care rights of women and suppress the votes of minorities and the young.
 
Florida, just this past week, was the scene of one such act of judicial heroism. In a case largely ignored by the mainstream, corporate media, Judge Terry Lewis threw out the GOP’s redrawing of Florida’s Congressional Districts, noting that a “secret, organized campaign” by the GOP “made a mockery of the Legislature’s transparent and open process of redistricting”.
 
Floridians, by a huge majority, amended our Constitution to avoid just such shenanigans. It shows the disdain the GOP has for the will of the People that this lawsuit even needed to be brought. I cannot understand, other than the enormous advantage they have in money, why we keep putting control of our State into the hands of folks who care so little for the desires and welfare of the bulk of the People.
 
Lewis quotes George Washington, warning about the dangers of political parties in which “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government”. One has to hope this case will set a precedent that begins the end of the practice of Gerrymandering as a political tool. To have a healthy functioning democracy, elections have to as fair and open as is possible.
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